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Wood, H L (2010) Modelling project complexity at the pre-construction stage , Unpublished PhD Thesis, School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton.

Wood, H L and Ashton, P (2007) An investigation to identify the role of pre-construction site investigative information used by small medium sized enterprises (SME).. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 703–12.

Wood, H L and Ashton, P (2010) Modelling project complexity. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), Proceedings 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 1111–20.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: complexity; modelling; measuring complexity; evaluating construction projects
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-4-5
  • URL: https://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2010-1111-1120_Wood_and_Ashton.pdf
  • Abstract:

    It is a common statement that the construction process is one of the most complex and risky businesses undertaken, however it has also been suggested that the construction industry has developed great difficulty in coping with the increasing complexity of major construction projects Therefore an understanding of project complexity and how it might be managed is of significant importance for achieving success for all of the parties involved. The aim of this paper is to present the final stage of a global research project, the aim of which was to develop a model that could be used to evaluate the effects of project complexity at the pre construction stage in order to improve project planning. A number of methods have been used throughout the research process, interviews and questionnaires were used to identify the factors of project complexity, case studies were then analysed to establish the frequency and impact of the individual factors. Finally the information was modelled in order to provide a project complexity measurement and evaluation method and further case studies were used to test the model. Although a number of systems already exist to evaluate construction projects such as risk assessment methods, no system designed specifically to measure and evaluate the complexity of a project at the pre construction stage exists. The uptake and use of some software packages can be poor in the construction industry; therefore the model was designed specifically to be used by construction contractors when planning a project. Further developments are recommended in order to incorporate the system with other existing evaluation methods to make a complete project evaluation package.

Wood, H L and Gidado, K (2008) An overview of complexity theory and its application to the construction industry.. In: Dainty, A (Ed.), Proceedings 24th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 677–86.

Wood, H L, Piroozfar, P A E and Farr, E R P (2014) Moving beyond project complexity: Exploring empirical dimensions of complexity in the construction industry. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 885–94.